It what seems one of the oddest things to affect the Tories as a result of devolution Welsh leader Andrew RT Davies has dispensed with four members of his Shadow Cabinet team – after they reportedly refused to back the party’s income tax policy in the Assembly. But which are the parties Westminster policy.
Nick Ramsay, Janet
Finch-Saunders, Antoinette Sandbach and Mohammad Asghar were all removed
in a dramatic reshuffle, which followed a damaging split over their
leader’s policy that income tax powers should not have a “lockstep”
Now Tax powers with the lockstep is what the Westminster government is offering . It is the same powers as devolved to the Scottish Government but which they have never used
Because its a ridiculous , policy on tax Basically Wales like Scotland cannot cut the
lower rate of tax so as benefit the lower paid workers without doing the same
for those paying the higher 45% tax
Similarly a Tory led Welsh Administration believing in trickle down economics cannot cut the upper rate without cutting the lower rate
At least that's how I see it .
Andrew RT Davies therefore has sacked four ministers for following the Westminster model .and not his.
Will there be further developments ? What will be the reaction of David Jones the other leader of the Welsh Tories think about this?
Andrew RT Davies is hardly someone who advocates Devolution in Wales to be on a par with Scotland but it does seem that he's not prepared to be David Cameron Spokesman in Wales at least not one who is second Welsh secretary or the shadow whilst in opposition in Westminster.
Is it not time that the Tories like labour make it clear whose in charge in Wales Andrew RT Davies or David Jones , Carwyn Jones or Owen Smith.
But I suspect this will continue as long as the Welsh Office is in place. Maybe abolition of this office will make it easier for them.